Six Stand Out for Antonio Morrison

At 6-3 and 220 pounds, 2012 LB Antonio Morrison says his value on the field is in his speed and strength. With almost 30 offers from some of the nation's powerhouse programs, college coaches seem to agree. During Morrison's senior season he says he is going to work on improving every aspect of his game and adds, he will be ready to compete at the college level.

Antonio Morrison has offers from top programs like Alabama, Arizona, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, Oregon, Purdue, San Diego State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Kentucky, and Western Michigan to name a few. Morrison says his draft board is still wide open and adds, "at this point, anything could happen."

"I am talking to a lot of schools right now but I don't have a top list of schools like most guys do," Morrison said.

While Morrison says he doesn't have a top five or even a favorites list, he doesn't deny that some schools are standing out more than others.

"Illinois, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, and Miami are really recruiting me the hardest, I hear from all of them a lot," Morrison said.

Before Morrison makes any kind of decision he says he has a few more visits to make.

"So far I have made visits to Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota. I am definitely going to take some official visits in the fall including Florida, Oregon, and a few others," Morrison said.

Morrison broke down the six that seem to want him the most.

Illinois: "That's my home university, I just love the coaches. I talk to Coach Petrino and Coach Zook 3-4 times a week. They say I am their number one guy, which means a lot to me. Distance isn't a problem but staying close to home would be nice for my family."

Florida: "I just love the coaches at Florida, they are great. Coach Bryant Young grew up in Chicago so we were able to connect on that and get along really well. They have been recruiting me as a middle linebacker, which is a plus. They also tell me there will be opportunities to contribute early if I work hard, something I am really looking for."

Alabama: "Alabama is one of the top programs in the country and I like their staff a lot. My cousin played there, so that is a positive too." Tennessee: "I talk to the coaching staff a lot and we see football the same way. I can definitely see Coach Derek Dooley coaching me for 3-4 years in college."

Oregon: "I just got off the phone with Oregon, I love all of the coaches. It's a great place and I can see myself there."

Miami: "Coach Micheal Barrow is great and we talk a lot. Miami is putting up one of the best recruiting classes in a long time. The coaches tell me they are trying to get Miami back to where they were and that I can come in and play right away, that is a big factor."

Morrison's newest offer is also standing out and could potentially make his top five.

"Michigan State offered me about two weeks ago and I am starting to talk to them a lot. I'm liking it more and more," Morrison said.

When Morrison sits down to make a decision he says he is looking for a school where he can play early and have the opportunity to compete for a starting role. Ultimately, Morrison wants to feel comfortable with the environment and have great relationships with his coaching staff.

Morrison says his top five will come by the end of July and adds, "My commitment can come at any time."


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